- Associated Press - Saturday, July 2, 2016

SCHUYLER, Neb. (AP) - Colfax County and the state disagree about which is responsible for the repair and maintenance of the roadway connecting Richland to U.S. Highway 30 in eastern Nebraska.

The state built the winding 1/3-mile stretch of asphalt when Highway 30 was expanded to four lanes from Columbus to Schuyler about 15 years ago. It did so because state law requires the Nebraska Department of Roads to construct paved roads to every town connected to a highway, Colfax County Highway Superintendent Mark Arps told county commissioners on Tuesday.

But the state Roads Department contends the county took over ownership of the spur after it was constructed, the Columbus Telegram reported (http://bit.ly/297ejh7 ).

“We have a difference of opinion,” Arps said, adding that state officials are simply looking for ways to relinquish ownership - and therefore the costs of maintaining the road.

County Commissioners Jerry Heard and Gil Wigington urged Arps to meet with state roads officials on the matter.

“As far as I’m concerned, it’s their road,” Heard said.

The road is in dire need of repair, officials have acknowledged.

“A lot of it is breaking up, and it’s a safety issue,” Arps said. “The road is falling apart. … It’s going to amount to a lot of dollars.”

Arps said county road crews put in asphalt patches on about 120 feet of the access road last fall.

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Information from: Columbus Telegram, http://www.columbustelegram.com

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